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A Social and Cultural History, 1550–1750

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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521896528

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  • Between 1550 and 1750 London became the greatest city in Europe and one of the most vibrant economic and cultural centers in the world. This book is a history of London during this crucial period of its rise to world-wide prominence, during which it dominated the economic, political, social and cultural life of the British Isles as never before nor since. London: A Social and Cultural History incorporates the best recent work in urban history, accounts by contemporary Londoners and tourists, and fictional works featuring the city in order to to trace London's rise and explore its role as a harbinger of modernity as well as how its citizens coped with those achievements. This book covers the full range of life in London, from the splendid galleries of Whitehall to the damp and sooty alleyways of the East End. Along the way, readers will brave the dangers of plague and fire, witness the spectacles of the Lord Mayor's Pageant and the hangings at Tyburn, and take refreshment in the city's pleasure gardens, coffeehouses, and taverns.

    • Synthesises a vast recent literature on London in an accessible style, allowing readers to imagine what it would be like to live in the London of this age
    • Brings the city to life with walking tours of early modern London in 1550 and 1750, respectively
    • Focuses as much on the experience and testimony of individual Londoners as it does on the grand narrative of London as the advance guard of modern urban life
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Bucholz and Ward paint a vivid picture of the vibrant, growing city, warts and all … As an account of how and why London is London … this is the best book to come along in a generation."
    British Heritage

    "Bucholz and Ward explore the rise of Europe’s preeminent entrepôt and metropolis in this engaging account of London and its people. Their superlative integration of the worlds of high culture and popular experience will enrich the study of English literature, society, and politics from the Reformation through the Enlightenment."
    Gary De Krey, Professor of British and European History, St Olaf College

    "There is a big story here – how, between 1550 and 1750, London became a great world capital – but there are also a thousand small and even more wonderful stories about the men and women who walked the city’s streets. Their experiences, their hopes, and their disappointments come vividly to life in this compulsively readable account."
    Lena Cowen Orlin, author of Locating Privacy in Tudor London

    "This book is a must for anyone interested in London. It covers the period when London rose from being a quite important Northern European trading center to become the greatest international port in the world at the hub of not just the emerging British Empire but European and North American trade. The internationally connected city, at the center of trade, determined the character of the city it has become today, including the weight of its international finance and trade sectors, its globally diverse population and the worldwide influences on its heritage and contemporary culture."
    Ken Livingstone, first Mayor of London

    "A compass to navigate in the dark, an A to Z of London's past, from beggars to kings, from Shakespeare to Dr Johnson; Bucholz and Ward have created a compelling picture of the Great Wen in all its premodern glory."
    Tim Hitchcock, Professor of Eighteenth-Century History, University of Hertfordshire, and Co-Director of Old Bailey Online

    "… a serious and remarkably successful attempt to describe how the city reached the cusp of "modernity", how it emerged from relative obscurity in the middle of the sixteenth century to become, about 200 years later, "the greatest city in Europe", with a population whose distinctive traits are recognizable to this day."
    Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

    "Grounded in the latest scholarship and crafted in engaging prose, this wbook will instruct and delight generations of students and a broader reading public alike. Highly recommended."

    "… I can give it a strong recommendation."
    Tyler Cowen,

    "A fantastic resource for students and scholars of London’s diverse and changing communities during the early modern period. Handsomely illustrated with maps, engravings, etchings, paintings and news-sheet covers, the book takes a holistic approach to its subject."
    Adam Hansen, The Literary London Journal

    "… Robert Bucholz and Joseph Ward have achieved their aim of writing an accessible work which will be of particular value to newcomers to metropolitan history."
    P. Gauci, The English Historical Review

    "… an impressive resource: Bucholz and Ward synthesize the political and cultural changes they examine with an arsenal of statistics, references, and official and literary quotes. The authors have compiled a comprehensive academic study, a vital resource for scholars of all stages of research in early modern British (and European) geography, architecture and the arts, cultural trends, and governmental and social hierarchy."
    Sixteenth Century Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521896528
    • length: 438 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • contains: 53 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: London's importance
    1. London in 1550
    2. The socioeconomic base
    3. Royal and civic London
    4. Fine and performing arts
    5. The public sphere and popular culture
    6. The people on the margins
    7. Riot and rebellion
    8. Plague and fire
    Conclusion: London in 1750.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 15th and 16th Century England
    • A Tale of Two Cities: The London of Shakespeare and Dickens
    • Age of Aristocracy, Britain 1689-1848
    • Britain 1688-1832 or Seminr on 18th centy Britain
    • Britain and the World, Prehistory to 1700
    • Britain, 1485-1714
    • Britain, c1500-1660 and Britain,c1660-1832
    • British Literary History
    • British Literature (Neoclassic & Romantic)
    • British Literature 1
    • British Literature, 1485-1660
    • Country and City in British Literature
    • Crime in early modern London
    • Cultural Materialism in Renaissance England
    • Drama and Culture
    • Early English Drama
    • Early Modern Britain
    • Early Modern British History
    • Early Modern Drama
    • Early Modern English Poetry
    • Early Modern Society
    • Eighteenth-Century Literature
    • Elizabethan Literature
    • England Since 1660
    • England, 1485-1688
    • English Culture to 1660
    • English History
    • English History to/since 1603
    • English Literature I
    • English Renaissance
    • Entrepreneurship in 18th-century London
    • Graduate Research Seminar in History
    • Histories of the Word: Print, people, and ideas early modern England
    • History of Tudor Stuart England
    • Introduction to Graduate Studies
    • Literature of the Long 18th Century
    • London 1713
    • London Histories
    • London In/As Text
    • London Travel Seminar
    • London Underground: Crime and Disorder, 1720-1890
    • London and Its Literature
    • London and Literature
    • London in Culture
    • London in Literature
    • London: Past and Present
    • Major Writers or Intro to World Lit
    • Making Shakespeare
    • Metropolis: the European City, 1200 to the present
    • Milton
    • Readings in Renaissance Literature
    • Renaissance Drama
    • Renaissance Literature
    • Renaissance Popular Culture and Domestic Life
    • Renaissance Studies
    • Renaissance and Enlightenment Lit.
    • Restoration & Eighteenth Century
    • Restoration and 18th-Century Drama
    • Restoration and 18th-Century Literature
    • Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
    • Restoration to Romantic
    • Seminar in Early Modern Urban History
    • Senior Seminar
    • Shakespeare
    • Shakespeare (Also might consider for Rennaisance Lit--to be offered in the future)
    • Shakespeare Histories and Tragedies/Survey of British Lit
    • Shakespeare Survey
    • Shakespeare in London Study Abroad
    • Shakespeare ll
    • Shakespeare's London
    • Shakespeare's Plays
    • Shakespeare's Worlds
    • Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
    • Shakespeare: The Tragedies
    • Society & Culture in Modern Britain
    • Stuart England, 1603-1714
    • Studies in the Long Eighteenth Centry
    • Survey of 18C British literature, undergraduate or graduate
    • Survey of British Literature to 1800
    • The Eighteenth Century
    • The Making of Modern London
    • The Public in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture
    • The Rise of the English Novel
    • Travel Seminar: London
    • Tudor & Stuart Britain
    • Tudor Britain
    • Undergraduate Research Seminar
    • Writing Workshop on British Travel Writing
  • Authors

    Robert O. Bucholz, Loyola University, Chicago
    Robert O. Bucholz is Professor of History at Loyola University, Chicago. He is the co-author (with Newton Key) of Early-Modern England, 1485–1714: A Narrative History (2nd edition, 2009) and Sources and Debates in English History, 1485–1714 (2nd edition, 2009) and the co-editor (with Carol Levin) of Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England (2009).

    Joseph P. Ward , University of Mississippi
    Joseph P. Ward is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Metropolitan Communities: Trade Guilds, Identity, and Change in Early Modern London (1997) and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2000.

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